The world is becoming more and more a dangerous place to live in, there are so many reasons for people to panic, be agitated, anxious and stressed. In fact, the stress in today’s world is on the increase and I’m very sure it will not change for the better, it will only get worse. It’s impossible to be alive in this world and never experience stress at all. Stress comes in the form of mental, emotional or physical tension and strain. Stress can have a variety of causes such as family problems, job problems, financial difficulties, poor health, or even the death of someone close to us. Anyone dealing with too much stress or a tough situation might have depression – the second leading cause of suicide by WHO in 2014. However, if we do not manage it and take measures to avoid more stress than we can properly handle, we’re asking for trouble. Sickness is definitely a result of long-term stress. Even mental illness can result from a lifetime of stress. Stress depletes our bodies; our immune systems become weak, and sickness – even depression – can set in.

It is therefore very important that we take charge of our life and live stress-free in this stressful world. We need to make some decisions – possibly radical decisions – to lead us out of a stressful lifestyle and into one of peace and joy.

Here are some things we can do to reduce stress and enjoy a peaceful life

Exercising regularly goes a long way towards freeing our body of stress hormones ad increasing our endorphin levels which is responsible for feelings of happiness. Carving out time during our busy day to exercise will keep our body and soul healthy and will be a natural outlet for stress.

Getting enough sleep that the body needs will cause our stress levels to nosedive because sleep is a mechanism by which the body recuperates and restores its energy reserves.

The body needs proper eating to be healthy, happy, strong and properly fueled to help us in tackling stress. Whether we like it or not, stress is a bodily reaction to anything that disturbs its natural state. This means that our body can have a profound effect on producing and relieving stress.

Relaxing the body, by whatever natural means, is a great way to reduce stress. In most cases, trying not to fixate on the stress itself while relaxing. Thinking of something placid and tranquil,

or thinking of nothing, in particular, listening to calm and soft music can really get us relaxed and happy.

We should learn to avoid negative thinking by acknowledging the positives in our lives and counting our blessings and avoid focusing on only the bad things that happen. We should use positive self-talk, reinforce our resolve through positive statements like “I can” and be grateful. We should stop worrying about the things that we cannot change and learning to accept things as they are which is an important coping mechanism. Identify the things that put us under stress and try to avoid these circumstances.

Practicing yoga and meditation is one of the best ways to deal with stress. If we can manage our thoughts and feelings through meditation and mindfulness, we can manage our stress. We need to change our mental habits, how we think about the daily situations that cause our stress. We can technically consider yoga our daily exercise, practicing the deep stretches and slow body movements will help us to clear our mind. Meditating – clearing our mind – while practicing gentle yoga will give double the relaxation effect to ease our stress.

Above all else practice a daily life of prayer – spirit led prayer. This is the most effective way to handle life’s challenges and stress. The bible says – be anxious for nothing but in all things by prayers and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. It also says – bodily exercise profits little but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Learning to lead a daily routine of prayer will cause us to live in perpetual peace, keeping our lives and emotion under control.

Many years ago, Dr. Carl Peterson, M.D. a brain specialist at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma did a study of what happens in the brain when people pray in tongues. He found that the brain releases two chemical secretions that are directed into the immune system giving it a 35 to 40 percent boost to the immune system. This boost promotes healing within our bodies. The amazing thing about these secretions is that it is triggered by a part of the brain that has no other apparent activity in humans and is only activated by this spirit-led prayer. Our immune system was created by God to defend us against harmful invaders: bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic, and

even malignant. It is when the immune system is weakened that such pathogens can attack and overwhelm our bodies. We know that keeping our immune system strong is vital to ward off diseases. The New York Times in 2006, released an article that said that “Contrary to what may be a common perception, studies suggest that people who speak in tongues rarely suffer from mental problems. Quoting from a study conducted in 2003 by Francis and Robbins, it says of close to one thousand evangelical Christians in England found that those who engaged in the practice were more emotionally stable than those who did not. Speaking in tongues from these studies can be a sure way to prevent mental health issues.

Engaging this daily prayer routine will be the winning edge for you, making you overcome difficult circumstances every day, and living in peace and joy. I will recommend for your reading pleasure this new release on amazon titled “Tongues: The Wisdom of God in a Mystery”. A book with a practical guide on how to live this prayer routine life and show you all the benefits in stock for you therein.

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